Barbara Barrett

Biography

Affectionately called “Songbird” or “Lady Blue”, Barbara Barrett is a seasoned, professionally trained vocal artist. Her performances have been well received in New York City’s Manhattan clubs such as The Village Underground, Smoke, and Cleopatra’s Needle, and the historic Lennox Lounge in Harlem; as well as in Tampa/St Petersburg Florida, and the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia region. Recently, she’s been featured vocalist with nationally acclaimed smooth jazz ensemble Urban Jazz Coalition, and has shared the stage with the late Art Blakey’s sax player, Lou Donaldson. At home in Cleveland, Ohio, she’s performed at public and private venues both indoors and out, including internationally recognized jazz club Nighttown Cleveland, The Playhouse Square Foundation, Thistledown Racino, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Cleveland Metroparks System, the county library system, various corporate events, golf courses and private clubs, as well as at the popular upscale restaurants. Barbara is as comfortable performing a large stage audience and venue, as she is in the more intimate setting of a private home gathering. In addition to covering classic jazz standards by legendary artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, and Ella Fitzgerald, she has an impressive repertoire of popular, adult contemporary, soul/neo-soul, R&B, blues, and Motown songs, making it easy for her to appeal to a diverse group of listeners. Beginning at age six at the historic Cleveland Music Settlement, her musical gifts were developed through piano lessons, music theory and composition, flute, and finally voice training, resulting in her earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. Following graduation, she sang and traveled for several years with the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Barbara has extensive hours of studio recording time for her own projects, as well as for the projects of other artists. In addition to being a solid lead vocalist, she’s proven herself as a strong background vocalist, singing for several years with a traveling world music/reggae band and a smaller blues band. Her stage presence is supported through years of various dance training, and even a bit of community theater, having sung a lead role in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha. Creatively utilizing her rich artistic experiences while maintaining the integrity of the music, is her primary objective whether covering songs, or writing music. Barbara has produced two CDs! “Joyous!” is a collection of fresh arrangements of old school gospel and church music. “Dawning” is her first set of original material that has a world music, smooth jazz, and soulful feel. Both CDs are available through major online distributors.